“Do not return evil to your adversary; Requite with kindness the one who does evil to you, Maintain justice for your enemy, Be friendly to your enemy.”
– Akkadian Councils of Wisdom (from the ancient Babylonian civilization that existed two millennia before Jesus was born)
“Shame on him who strikes, greater shame on him who strikes back. Let us live happily, not hating those who hate us. Let us therefore overcome anger by kindness, evil by good, falsehood by truth. Do not hurt others in ways that would be hurtful to yourself.”
– Buddhist wisdom (written centuries before Jesus was born)
In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
– The Dhammapada (source here)
So very, very hard to love those who arouse hatred in my own heart. So very hard to wish love, compassion, happiness, and ease for those I perceive as spreading hatred, harm, anger, and pain.
But I do know in my heart and through all my experiences, hate only attracts more hate.
I do not have to accept hatred. I do not have to accept wrongs.
But I do have to take action from a place of peace. Give me strength. As I work on my anger, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of great sadness and tears.
Sometimes the only way to show love to enemies is to hold them accountable for their actions. I can only do what I can do to let light shine.